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Monday 07 August 2017

Thirty-Six Years After Debut Album Brighton Musician Returns With Dead Cat Bounce

It's been thirty-six years since his last album and now Brighton-based singer/songwriter 
Pete Howells returns with his second album, Dead Cat Bounce.


His first Album is now a collector's item and worth up to £600. One of the earliest psychedelic folk albums, Ode, was recorded at Holyground in Wakefield in 1974. Holyground was Britain's first independent label.

Pete Howells grew up surrounded by music. Most of the family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, played an instrument; piano, harmonica, fiddle, flute or double-bass. Even those who didn't play joined in singing harmonies. 

At Christmas, anniversaries, Sundays and birthdays everyone gathered round the piano singing. 

Playing music since he was five years old, he learned to play the guitar at ten and started playing coffee bars and folk clubs from sixteen. With Jim Gordon he recorded the album, Ode when they were both eighteen.
 
Having taught Art for a few years he realised there was more money and more fun to be had doing gigs, so Jim and Pete went on the road, at first as a duo – Magus and with several 'pick-up bands' in Scandinavia. 


They then formed the rock band, Household Names, in London and played some of the prestigious clubs and pubs that were around at the time. (Early 80's - Annabelle's, The Embassy, Hare and Hounds, The Nashville etc.)
 
Later he went back to teaching, working with teenagers who had emotional and behavioural problems. 

Meanwhile he formed two bands, One Liners and World Service and has subsequently published three novels and one story for children. 

He's also supported, artists as diverse as Ian Gillan, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Julie Felix, Osibisa, Amazulu, Desmond Dekker, Courtney Pine and Brand New Heavies.

Pete Howells has never stopped playing and writing songs. This new album represents a culmination of tunes and ideas he has been trying out for the past few years.                    

Pete Howells releases his second album Dead Cat Bounce on Saturday 23rd September 2017 @ The Prince Albert, Brighton.

by: Mike Cobley




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